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Kusal Perera Ruled Out Of Champions Trophy

Left-hand batsman Kusal Perera has become the second Sri Lankan after Chamara Kapugedera to be ruled out of the champions trophy due to injury.

The ICC's event technical committee has approved all-rounder Dhananjaya de Silva as a replacement.

Perera suffered a hamstring injury in Sri Lanka's seven-wicket victory over defending champions India at the oval on Thursday.

In the process, he became the second Sri Lanka player after Chamara Kapugedera to withdraw from the tournament.

De Silva, a 25-year-old right-handed top-order batsman and an off-spinner, has represented Sri Lanka in 16 odis in which he has scored 334 runs and taken four wickets.

Sri Lanka will play group b rivals Pakistan in Cardiff on Monday, with the match now a virtual quarter-final for both teams